International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology

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- International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology (2014) Volume 2, Issue 3

Mystus Keralai (Siluriformes: Bagridae), A New Fish Species from Kerala, India

Mystus keralai, a new species of the family Bagridae, is described from Chenappady of Manimala River of Kerala, India. It is distinguished from its relative species by the following combination of characters: head longer; eyes smaller; median longitudinal groove on head narrow, long and reaching base of occipital process, the latter reaching basal bone of dorsal fin; maxillary barbels very long, extending beyond base of caudal fin; pectoral spine longer; base of rayed dorsal fin greater; adipose dorsal fairly long, commencing a little behind the posterior base of rayed dorsal fin; a light brownish green line goes through lateral line in between elongated humeral and triangular caudal spots. The new fish is described and compared with its relatives.

Author(s): Mathews Plamoottil and Nelson P. Abraham

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